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What Next After NEET-PG 2021? | To Drop Or Not? Best Colleges, Branches, And A Lot More!

Oct 14, 2021

What Next After NEET-PG 2021? | To Drop Or Not? Best Colleges, Branches, And A Lot More!

Now that the NEET-PG 2021 result is declared, constantly thinking about the next chapter is inevitable and important. 

“I have always been fascinated with the world of Surgery, but I will have to settle for ENT. Should I appear for the exam again next year?”, “My friends think that opting for Preventive and Social Medicine is not a great idea. Are they right in believing so?” and so on. The answers to the questions that keep you awake and their impact on you will not only significantly shape your career in an almost irreversible way; but will determine what your life would be like until you retire to a serene place.

Considering the importance of clearing the doubts you have at this stage, we decided to answer some common questions and make your decision-making process less complicated and devoid of stress.

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 “NEET-PG 2021 didn’t go as expected; should I drop another year?” : The king of all the questions

You may think that a given answer to this question reflects the personal opinions of an individual, and one answer cannot apply to thousands and lakhs of doctors across the nation. However, NEET-PG is the common thread that holds all the aspirants together. There are certain factors every candidate must consider before they decide to devote another year to the preparation of NEET-PG:

  • Your current rank and score: If you have qualified the exam and can manage to get a seat in one of the top seven branches of your choice/ interest, you must not drop the year in the hope of getting your favorite subject next year. We are not asking you to settle for less or stop dreaming big. However, you must consider the factors beyond your control, like the exam pattern, the level of difficulty of the exam, changes in the seat matrix, etc. Things can take an absolutely unanticipated turn, and you are left with the question that no one has a concrete answer to the question- “why did this have to happen this year?” You won’t be disappointed if you seize the opportunity you have right now because that is the only one you can be a hundred percent certain of.
  • Your current mental state: When you initiate the saga of your NEET PG preparation in the drop-year, you not only need books and notes for preparation and a question bank and mock tests for revision. You need the strength to make your life revolve around NEET-PG, to stay focused without getting deviated from the right track, to remain motivated without falling prey to the trap of envy, comparisons, and expectations. If you think that dedicating a whole year to the preparation will take a toll on your mental health, make the wise decision of choosing your mental well-being over the exam because you can’t put your best foot forward if you are anxious or depressed.
  • Your reason to drop the year: If you are doing it because your parents had better expectations, or because your hard work deserved a single digit rank, or because all your friends believe that you should since they are dropping the year as well, you must NOT do it. This is your journey, and while it is good to expose yourself to various suggestions, you should always take out a few minutes to sit back and listen to yourself. You should not drag yourself to the point where you regret missing out on an opportunity just because you got carried away or gave in to peer pressure.

The best colleges for PG Medical courses accepting NEET-PG scores

The following colleges made it to the top 10 Medical Colleges accepting NEET-PG scores as per the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the year 2021. If acquiring education from one of the finest colleges in the country is on the list of your goals, this is the information you will be needing:


Christian Medical College, Vellore3
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow5
King George’s Medical University9
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal10
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore13
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai14
Madras Medical College, Chennai16
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi17
VMMC- Safdarjung Hospital18
Lady Hardinge Medical College for Women22

Top 5 branches in India right now

Some doctors have a definite map when it comes to their post-graduation journey. They are aware of their final destination and the path that leads to it. In contrast, some follow the trends and let those determine their final decisions. 

Note the top 5 branches for post-graduation in India:


The best non-clinical branches:

If being on a college campus as a Professor or taking care of things in a Government office or a Pathology laboratory thrills you more than being in a hospital, you don’t have to change your choices. Getting a seat in one of the clinical branches is not the only way to have a successful career as a medical practitioner. General Pathology, for instance, is one of the non-clinical subjects that open doors to remarkable opportunities, and you should confidently pursue this branch.

Imagine you get Preventive and Social Medicine in a good college, and you will be able to earn a good stipend every month. All your peers ask you to drop the year or take a loan to get into a private college and study a clinical subject. But you neither find the subject boring nor are you too convinced about the option to take a loan. In this case, you must look forward to exploring options after Preventive and Social Medicine. You can work in Medical Colleges, Medical Labs, Military Healthcare Services, Community Healthcare Centres, etc. Moreover, you can also broaden your horizons by exploring options abroad after completing MD in PSM.

Medical Colleges Offering Maximum Stipend During PG

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi
Hindu Rao Hospital, New Delhi
Dr. RML, New Delhi
Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Bihar
RIMS, Manipur

NEET-PG 2021 v/s NEET-PG 2022

If you have decided to appear for the exam in 2022, it is crucial to ensure that you don’t repeat the mistakes you made in the NEET-PG 2021. Analyze your performance, discover your weaknesses and strengths, update your previous plan, and ensure that you have the resources you need to nail the NEET-PG 2022. 

PrepLadder believes in making this journey a smooth ride for doctors across the country by providing them with the most concise and comprehensive study content curated by the Dream Team, well-structured mock tests, and the best question bank a NEET-PG aspirant could ask for. Let PrepLadder be your companion for this chapter to help you bring out the best in you.

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